OUT & ABOUT: Go-karts, arcade, and indoor, outdoor mini golf at The Only Game in Town in North Haven

NORTH HAVEN — The Only Game in Town offers many activities for indoor and outdoor summer fun.

The business boasts an outdoor go-kart track, driving range, arcade, and two mini-golf courses. The outdoor course has 18 holes and the indoor glow in the dark course has 9 holes.

“It’s not the newest place, but when you come here, you get great customer service and you always have a good time, for a fairly inexpensive price,” owner Erik Golinowski said.

During the warmer months, Golinowski keeps the business open seven days a week, from noon to around 10 p.m. It will be open on July 4.

The Only Game in Town, 275 Valley Service Road, has been in the Golinowski family since 2008, when Erik’s father Olek bought the site. Four years ago this month, Olek died unexpectedly and Erik took over operations at 21 years old.

Golinowski said it was rough taking over at first and he’s had to teach himself a lot.

“I kind of just jumped in and figured it out,” he said. “It’s been very cool. I’ve learned an extreme amount of things.”

Golinowski has gradually and consistently upgraded the expansive building and grounds. Recently, he received approval to install a heating system in the main building. Patrons will also notice a handful of new games in the arcade.

The indoor mini-golf course offers animatronics and painting by a local student at the time.

“It’s unbelievable in there, it’s really detailed,” Golinowski said.

Investing in indoor mini-golf was a move toward year-round entertainment, something Golinowski said his father envisioned. The business is open weekends from around November to March.

Golinowski is looking into installing a synthetic ice skating rink and considering an escape room and laser tag.

Kerry Patton, of Wallingford, visited the go-kart track with her son Aidan and his friend Dalles Potter, both 12, as a special request for Aidan’s birthday on June 26.

She said they visit often during the summer as a nice change of pace from ice hockey practices.

“It’s nice to get out in the fresh air,” Patton said. “The kids have fun.”

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The Only Game in Town

  • Address: 275 Valley Service Rd., North Haven
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week June 16 through August; hours roughly noon to 10 p.m. depending on day and activity
  • Phone: 203-239-4653
  • Website: http://theonlygamect.com/index.php

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